If you're insisting on doing a novelization at least use hilarious hand drawn art instead of lame photoshopping.

If you’re insisting on doing a novelization at least use hilarious hand drawn art instead of lame photoshopping.

Back in my most obsessive high school years I used to snap up every Star Wars, X-Files and Buffy book there was, pouring over these “canon” novels. Then I discovered fan fiction and wondered why I would ever pay for a middling tale of Mulder and Scully not getting it on when I could get a hundred different novel length fics where they DID get it on…and also Mulder had magic and Scully was some sort of warrior woman?

Fan fic is/was the best.

Novelizations? Opposite of the best.

Oh sure, you can get some good ones. Splinter of a Mind’s Eye was my jam once upon a time, and many a young woman has been ushered into adulthood via Izmadi, but usually books spun out of tv shows and movies adhere to guidelines of novels more so than books. So we have to sit through descriptions of characters when we KNOW what they look like, and lame rehashing of tales we watched on our televisions, and because they’re part of a show but not actually meant to further the story everything occurs in these annoying bubbles. Nothing is canon or lasting or changing the game. It’s filler they charge you $7.99 for.

And Once Upon A Time is hopping on the bandwagon because it has a huge and passionate fanbase and that’s just one method of monetizing that fanbase. What’s worse is that Reawakened is a novelization of the first season from the viewpoints of Snow and Emma.

You know, exactly like the show.

They could have done it from the viewpoint of Charming and Regina, or Regina and Gold. Or they could have told us the story of Jack and her adventures, or spun off a minor character like the Mad Hatter in a series of novels and then periodically brought him back to the show and made sly references to the books.

But nope, it’s the most basic form of monetization of fandom.

Lame.

Source: EW